Frankfurter Rundschau, 25 June 2002
A pedagogical velvet touch and an air of luxury in the Schlosskirche
Where do the new Karajans come from? Amongst other places from Bad Homburg. The seven-hour competition marathon of the third Bad Homburg Conducting Competition was held in the Schlosskirche on Saturday. As we reported yesterday, the winner was Lisa Xanthopoulou. It was half past eleven when the name of the winner, Lisa Xanthopoulou, was finally decided. The 34-year-old young woman, radiating resolution, tackled both Haydn and Grieg with perfect rehearsal timing, precise instructions, decisive will-power in interpretation and a communicative skill placed pointedly between the strictness of a maestro and flashes of private emotion. A loud cry of jubilation from the young Greek woman greeted the event spokesman Karl-Werner Joerg and his announcement of what was very likely a close decision by the adjudicators.